8th Annual Catalina Film Festival Opening Night Review – Pa’lante screening at Art Theatre Long Beach

La'Palante Catalina Film Festival Humanitarian Award

Opening Night at The 8th Annual Catalina Film Festival was held Wednesday September 26th at The Arts Theatre 2025 E. 4th Street in Long Beach, California. The atmosphere was traditional “sheik” Catalina Style. Founders Ron Truppa and Delious Tim Kennedy were present amongst the honored filmmakers, actors, and directors including Honorees Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriquez for Pa’lante & Humanitarian Award.

Filmmakers, Cast and Crew of Love Possibly

The red carpet arrivals began at 7PM followed by the 7:30 P.M. Humanitarian Award presentation with the screening of “Pa’lante” and “Love, Possibly”. The Opening Night Gala party benefit for 100roofs.org was held at The Harbor (130 Pine Avenue, Long Beach).

Celebrity Host Steffanie Siebrand with Humanitarian Award recipients Ramon Rodriguez (Director/Actor) and Rosie Perez (Actress/Activist) Pa’Lante Humanitarian Award

Humanitarian Award recipient Rosie Perez & Ramon Rodriguez attended the screening of “Pa’lante” a film about the salvation and continued recovery of the victims of the Puerto Rico “Hurricane Maria”, regarded as being the worst natural disaster on record to affect Dominica and Puerto Rico ad is also the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. Over 1,000 homes were destroyed just in Orocovis. To donate to this cause “Today I’m Brave” 100roofs.org

Catalina Film Festival Founders Ron Truppa and Delious Tim Kennedy attend the Redcarpet with Rosie Perez and Ramon Rodriguez, Pa’lante Humanitarian Award

The Catalina Film Festival continues in Long Beach on Thursday, September 27. Scheduled 1:30 PM, Richard Dreyfuss (Spotlight panel with Geoff Boucher), COURTYARD MARRIOTT, DOWNTOWN, 5 PM Filmmaker redcarpet, Filmmaker red carpet for Horror & Thriller films, including Rob Belushi (son of Jim Belushi) with Dylan; Cast & Crew of Bullitt County, LONG BEACH ART THEATRE, 6 PM award presentation, Craven Award: Sanctioned by the Master of Horror, Wes Craven (in theatre)

Jennifer Chidester attends Catalina Film Festival redcarpet with family

Get your Groupon tickets as the Catalina Festival continues on in Avalon Catalina for the final 3 days!

Carlina Rebeiro (Rebound, Bachelor, Greys Anatomy) attending Catalina Film Festival screening of Pa’Lante, winner of CFF Humanitarian Award 2018

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